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  • BLM-Bundy Confrontation Ignites new “Sagebrush Rebellion”

    04/23/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government. In reaction, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, and other concerned citizens – the “Sagebrush Rebels” as they came to be known -- challenged the move and sought to return the land back into the hands of the states. Ronald Reagan, at the time running for president, supported...
  • Feds Provoke Range War Over Fees And A Turtle

    04/16/2014 6:45:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Gopherus agassizii is the binomial name given to the desert tortoise, a roughly foot-long creature with a lifespan that can stretch to more than half-a-century. This turtle inhabits the Mojave Desert in America’s great southwest. On paper, the desert tortoise seems an innocuous amphibian; however, it has the curious attribute of being able provoke nearly open warfare between U.S. citizens and the federal government. The notion of a “range war” may harken back to the days of the American cowboy riding the fence each morning and protecting his homestead from attack. Yet, last week the federal Bureau of Land Management...
  • Seizures of illegal pot from Colorado up 400 percent

    08/05/2013 8:55:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/2013 | Greg Campbell
    Marijuana is being smuggled out of Colorado in record amounts, according to a new report by a multi-agency drug task force, citing a 400 percent increase in pot seizures since 2005 from the state that has become something of an American Amsterdam.
  • Marijuana’s march toward mainstream confounds feds

    06/29/2013 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2013 8:33 AM EDT | Nancy Benac and Alicia A. Caldwell
    It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.” The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously “didn’t inhale,” to Barack Obama, who most emphatically did. And now, in just a few short years, public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug—for medical use and just for fun. … Washington policymakers...
  • Morning Bell: 3 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court and Voter ID

    06/18/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Heritage.Org ^ | June 18, 2013 | Amy Payne
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its first major decisions of this term, striking down Arizona’s measure requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. Media reports are already off base in interpreting this decision, says Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. Here are three things to know about the decision. 1. This is not a voter ID decision. This decision has to do with voter registration, not the act of voting. Von Spakovsky explains: In 2004, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that had two major components: voter ID for in-person voting and a requirement that anyone registering...
  • Were Tennessee Poll Participants Asked About Common Core Data Mining?

    06/07/2013 3:14:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a group headed by former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, released a poll showing voters support for the controversial Common Core national standards in the state. The poll found more than “4 in 10” strongly support the national standards after being read a description of them. The exact question posed to participants was not provided by SCORE, the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, nor the newspaper that wrote a story, DNJ.com. What the poll proves is that the poll-tested language developed by the proponents of Common Core is working. Big surprise. Voters want...
  • Obama's Promise Could Send You to Prison

    01/20/2013 4:37:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Like a lot of Californians, Stockton businessman Matt Davies, 34, expected that when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the new administration would not prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries operating under a law passed by California voters in 1996. After all, as a candidate, Obama contended that he saw federal enforcement against medical marijuana as a waste of resources. On Oct. 19, 2009, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden released a memo that instructed the Department of Justice not to focus federal resources "on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use...
  • Plead Guilty or Go to Prison for Life: The Medical Marijuana Grower's Stark Choice

    01/02/2013 7:47:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law. Yet five years is a cakewalk compared to the sentence Williams originally faced, which would have kept the 38-year-old father behind bars for the rest of his life. The difference is due to an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust...
  • What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies

    11/28/2012 3:07:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    KING5.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | CHRIS DANIELS
    What's driving gun sales spike? Federal law, women and zombies. BELLEVUE – Karen Manley stood strong in the range Tuesday afternoon, her right hand firmly gripping a handgun. “There had been a rash of home invasions,” said Manley, of Brier. “If anything happens, I could defend myself, my kids, and my home.’ Women are just one factor behind a recent spree of gun sales, locally, and across the nation, according to gun lobbyists. The FBI reported Tuesday that it received 154,873 buyer background check requests on Black Friday, up roughly 20 percent over the same day last year. The requests...
  • Obamacare 2013: Now Playing At A State Capitol Near You

    10/14/2012 10:58:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2012 | Austin Hill
    If elected, Mitt Romney vows to “end” it. If re-elected, Barack Obama says he’s “open to amending” it. But regardless of who wins the presidency next month, conscientious voters need to know this: Obamacare is already costing taxpayers lots of money, and within the next few months it will cost millions of dollars more. It’s bad enough that President Obama’s “if you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor”promise has proven false. And it’s bad enough that his promise to “bend the healthcare cost curve downward” has proven to be fictitious, as well (according to MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber...
  • Restraining Arizona, Unleashing the President

    06/28/2012 4:10:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The legislation created two conflicts that rose to the national stage. The first is whether any government may morally and legally interfere with freedom of association based on the birthplace of the person with whom one chooses to associate. The second is whether the states can enforce federal law in a manner different from that of the feds. Regrettably, in addressing all of this earlier in the week, the Supreme Court overlooked the natural and fundamental freedom to associate. It is a natural right because it stems from the better nature of our humanity, and it is a fundamental right...
  • U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving

    04/27/2012 6:29:13 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 57 replies
    Rooters ^ | 4/26/2012 | Rooters
    SAN ANTONIO, April 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country. Tough federal legislation is the only way to deal with what he called a "national epidemic," he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio, Texas, that drew doctors, advocates and government officials.
  • Overcriminalizing everyday life--It's unjust to make a federal case out of minor infractions

    12/17/2010 5:26:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2010 | Editorial
    Two former U.S. attorneys general are urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule in the new Congress to rein in federal criminal charges. It's an important step to protect innocent Americans from the net of an overzealous government leviathan.The recommendation from Edwin Meese III and Richard L. Thornburgh would require that every bill creating a new or enhanced federal criminal penalty be referred to the HouseJudiciary Committee for review of its criminal-law provisions. For instance, if a bill defines a new violation to be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and punishes violators with criminal penalties,...
  • Young illegal immigrants get chance to learn but not earn

    06/28/2010 7:10:33 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 33 replies · 1+ views
    dallasmorningnews ^ | Monday, June 28, 2010 | JESSICA MEYERS
    Juan's room shows a life shaped by American education. It's painted in the colors of Dallas' Thomas Jefferson High School, his new alma mater. Trophies and medals brag for him: top 10 percent of his class, captain of two sports teams, a district first-place finisher in track, an almost perfect SAT score, the only football player in band. He's a poster child of American schooling, with wishes to enter the military or teach English. Neither option is open to Juan, who has grown up in the country illegally. Now he must realign his goals to fit his immigration status. Thousands...
  • The Totalitarian Narrative in Defense of Obama and Sestak

    05/29/2010 8:36:26 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies · 607+ views
    May29 2010 | self
    We know White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked Clinton and his longtime adviser, lawyer Doug Band, to talk to Joe Sestak about the race and offered a position to him if he did not run against Arlen Specter. We know the laws involved : Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Also: TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 29 § 600 Also: TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 11 § 211 The...
  • Freep a Poll! (Is it illegal to be in this country illegally?)

    04/29/2010 7:15:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies · 1,029+ views
    gazette.com ^ | 4-29-10 | Post Gazette
    Is an illegal immigrant a criminal, by virtue of being in the country illegally? No, a civil infraction is not a crime Yes, all of those people are criminals by virtue of their immigration status I don't know I don't care
  • Tiny turtles not safe for children

    11/11/2009 8:49:08 PM PST · by GeronL · 47 replies · 853+ views
    KDFW Fox4 News ^ | 11/11/2009 | Sophia Reza
    Tiny Turtles Not Safe for Children Published : Wednesday, 11 Nov 2009, 10:12 PM CST Sophia Reza FOX 4 News DALLAS - They're cute, but they are trouble. FOX 4's Sophia Reza reports some local stores are selling baby turtles even though they are illegal and can carry salmonella. VIDEO at the link
  • Criminalizing everyone

    10/06/2009 5:53:46 AM PDT · by decimon · 116 replies · 5,383+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct 5, 2009 | Brian W. Walsh
    Needed: A 'clean line' to determine lawfulness"You don't need to know. You can't know." That's what Kathy Norris, a 60-year-old grandmother of eight, was told when she tried to ask court officials why, the day before, federal agents had subjected her home to a furious search. The agents who spent half a day ransacking Mrs. Norris' longtime home in Spring, Texas, answered no questions while they emptied file cabinets, pulled books off shelves, rifled through drawers and closets, and threw the contents on the floor. The six agents, wearing SWAT gear and carrying weapons, were with - get this- the...
  • Making a Federal Case

    07/24/2008 11:34:04 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 24, 2008 | Emily Ham
    Making a Federal Case by: Emily Ham, July 24, 2008 In a study documenting the total number of federal crimes within United States law, researchers have found that there has been a major increase in the definition of such offenses since the founding of the nation in 1776. “When the country started, there were basically three crimes: piracy, counterfeiting and treason,” said former Attorney General Edwin Meese, “At the time of our [1998] report, there were some 4,000 crimes.” Meese, who now serves as chairman of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, noted that while two centuries...
  • Equal Rights Nonsense (What's in Store if We Don't Back McCain)

    02/08/2008 11:32:11 AM PST · by enough_idiocy · 155 replies · 104+ views
    Wall Street Journal via RightNation.us ^ | February 8, 2008 | ROGER CLEGG
    Now that the excitement of Super Tuesday has passed, we should remember the kinds of policies and principles at stake, Exhibit A: three pieces of legislation pending in Congress that would dramatically increase the liability of private companies for alleged acts of employment discrimination. The first would resurrect the discredited idea of "comparable worth." The second would add various sexual orientations to the classifications protected from employment discrimination. The third is a plaintiffs' bar wish list, aimed mostly at overturning cases it lost in the Supreme Court. There are actually two versions of comparable worth legislation, the Fair Pay Act...
  • Berkeley Attacks U.S. Marines - MAF Responds! PROTEST OF BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL

    02/05/2008 12:50:10 PM PST · by Syncro · 168 replies · 1,581+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | Feb 5, 2008 | Move America Forward
    Berkeley Attacks U.S. Marines - MAF Responds!PROTEST OF BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL * TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008 * 2134 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAY – BERKELEY, CA - CLICK HERE for MAP * Council Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM (We are asking people to be there early, however – if possible, start arriving by 5:00 PM) ** Also… If you can, please join us for our “picketing” of the City Council Chambers. We will be out there at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way beginning at 5:00 AM for the morning news. We will have a presence all throughout the day...
  • DEA moves to pull pot out from under San Francisco landlords

    12/05/2007 11:29:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 45 replies · 197+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/7 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing to close San Francisco's cannabis clubs by turning its guns on their landlords - warning them that renting to pot dispensaries could cost them their buildings. The agency intends to send letters by week's end to 80 owners of buildings housing medical marijuana clubs, similar to notices it fired off recently to landlords in Los Angeles and Sacramento, according law enforcement sources. "By this notice, you have been made aware of the purposes for which the property is being used," said a copy of the letter sent to Sacramento landlords, signed by the...
  • PA GOP: SESTAK'S GOT NO R-E-S-P-E-C-T FOR UNIFORM

    07/25/2006 5:20:18 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 1,537+ views
    Violates Military Uniform Code by wearing uniform while campaigning, Wears officer's uniform that does not match rank at which he retired HARRISBURG - Republican State Committee Executive Director Scott Migli today questioned Joe Sestak, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, for his repeated violations of federal law and U.S. Navy regulations as it relates to appropriate conduct for the wearing of military uniforms. Those violations include wearing his uniform while engaged in campaign activities and wearing a uniform that displays a rank above what the grade at which he retired from service. "Joe Sestak's improper use of the military...
  • Girl's killer says rights violated during trial

    03/07/2006 8:05:38 AM PST · by Sopater · 40 replies · 846+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, March 7, 2006 | Peter Lewis
    A convicted killer who has been on Washington state's death row since 1991 is asking a Seattle federal court to overturn his conviction — or at least his death sentence — based on alleged prosecutorial and police misconduct. Jonathan Lee Gentry, 48, who has been on death row longer than any inmate now in the state's prison system, was convicted of the June 13, 1988, slaying of 12-year-old Cassie Holden of Pocatello, Idaho, while she was visiting her mother in Bremerton. Since he was sentenced to death in 1991, Gentry's case has been before the state Supreme Court twice and...
  • H.R.3132 TITLE X--LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HATE CRIMES PREVENTION

    09/29/2005 11:54:59 PM PDT · by Anthem · 45 replies · 1,042+ views
    Thomas ^ | 09.15.2005 | Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr., et al
    Bill Summary & Status for the 109th CongressNEW SEARCH | HOME | HELP | ABOUT COSPONSORS H.R.3132Title: To make improvements to the national sex offender registration program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] (introduced 6/30/2005)      Cosponsors (88) Related Bills: H.RES.436, H.R.3133Latest Major Action: 9/15/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. House Reports: 109-218 Part 1, 109-218 Part 2 COSPONSORS(88), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date) Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] - 7/27/2005 Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 7/14/2005 Rep Baker, Richard H....
  • Industry wants undocumented law enforced

    07/19/2005 8:40:46 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 26 replies · 616+ views
    Industry wants undocumented law enforcedSean O'Hara NMBW StaffThe state and contractors all want to stop unscrupulous construction companies from hiring undocumented workers and then passing them off as independent contractors, for which they claim no responsibility -- and pay no withholding taxes. But the state says it is "shorthanded" and Department of Labor officials won't say if they'll seek funds from legislators next year to enforce a new law meant to deal with the problem. Contractors say they doubt the state has the means to enforce the new law -- and they point to recent cuts in the state Labor...
  • N.H. Newspapers Pull Housing Ads

    06/30/2005 4:11:18 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 9 replies · 849+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2005 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. - Six newspapers in New Hampshire have agreed to stop running real estate ads that suggest children aren't welcome at the properties following complaints that the ads violated federal law. Several dozens landlords and real estate agents also agreed to stop placing ads targeting adult tenants and to submit future ads to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for review. Federal law prohibits landlords from discriminating against children. The ads included promotions like "one mature person," "quiet adult location" and "great for a single person." They are discriminatory because they make it harder for families to...
  • Border Patrol, Minutemen Have Double Standard on Immigration (Dem Press Release)

    04/21/2005 11:17:56 AM PDT · by madfly · 133 replies · 2,599+ views
    Hannity.com ^ | Apr. 20, 2005 | Kyrsten Sinema
    PHOENIX, AZ (April 20, 2005) - Apparently the U.S. Border Patrol believes that national TV and radio stars don't have to play by the same rules as others. Mr. Sean Hannity, a well-paid commentator for Fox News, climbed over a barbed wire fence separating the United States from Mexico yesterday at about 3:15 p.m. A few minutes later he climbed back over the fence, breaking federal law by reentering the U.S. illegally. Mr. Hannity's border violations were videotaped by ACLU Legal Observers. The Border Patrol was contacted, but they chose not to arrest or cite Mr. Hannity for his willful...
  • Is the do-not-call list still effective?

    02/21/2005 4:52:30 PM PST · by lesko · 7 replies · 360+ views
    February 21, 2005 | lesko
    Does the national do-not-call list still exist?
  • Michael Moore Email Decrying Charges of Buying Votes in Michigan

    10/06/2004 4:49:39 PM PDT · by weegee · 30 replies · 1,926+ views
    email | received 10-6-2004 | Michael Moore
    REPOST FROM MICHAEL MOORE: Friends, You may have heard by now that the Michigan Republican Party has called for my arrest. That's right. They literally want me brought up on charges -- and hope that I'm locked up. No, I'm not kidding. The Republican Party, yesterday, filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutors in each of the counties where I spoke last week in Michigan. My crime? Clean underwear for anyone who will vote in the upcoming election. Each night on our 60-city "Slacker Uprising Tour" through the 20 battleground states, I've been registering hundreds (and on some nights, thousands)...
  • US tightens ban on Cuban cigars

    10/06/2004 1:13:23 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 126 replies · 3,438+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 10/6/04
    US tightens ban on Cuban cigars WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush (news - web sites)'s administration has tightened a ban on Americans importing Cuban cigars. "There is now an across-the-board ban on the importation of Cuban-origin cigars," said a notice released this week by the Treasury Department (news - web sites)'s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Previously, the rules allowed Americans licensed to travel to Cuba to bring back to the United States up to 100 dollars' worth of Cuban goods, including cigars. That loophole was closed in the latest regulations. The anti-Cuban cigar rules were already...
  • Charges Dismissed In 'Sex Tours' Case

    08/11/2004 9:00:11 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 862+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Aug 11, 2004 11:49 am US/Eastern | 1010 WINS
    A judge has dismissed charges against two New York men accused by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer of promoting prostitution through "sex tourism" in Asia. Douglas Allen, 59, and Norman Barabash, 58, were indicted last year on felony and misdemeanor counts of promoting prostitution in the operation of Big Apple Oriental Tours. Spitzer accused them of using their tour business -- run from Allen's Poughkeepsie home and Barabash's Queens home -- to solicit customers for prostitution rings operating in the Philippines and Thailand. Dutchess County Court Judge Gerald Hayes dismissed the charges, finding prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence that...
  • IRS: Homosexual Couples Cannot File As 'Married'

    06/16/2004 1:57:46 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 340+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 6/15/04 | Nathan Burchfiel
    (CNSNews.com) - In a letter to a conservative, pro-family group, the Internal Revenue Service established this week that homosexual couples filing joint tax returns would be in violation of the law under the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense of Marriage Act, signed by President Clinton in 1996, says the states will not be forced to recognize homosexual marriages and it legally defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. "Because of this statute, only married individuals under this definition could elect to file a joint tax return," said the June 14 letter addressed to Public...
  • Lawsuit allowed in drug raid case

    01/03/2004 10:44:30 AM PST · by Cultural Jihad · 27 replies · 150+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 3, 2004 | Claire Cooper
    <p>Appellate court says Placer deputies must answer charges they violated civil rights.</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Four Placer County sheriff's deputies must answer to a lawsuit accusing them of violating the civil rights of a woman and child during a 1999 marijuana raid of their Citrus Heights home, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.</p>
  • Introduction to the Income-Shares Child Support Guideline

    08/07/2002 12:40:07 PM PDT · by RogerFGay · 49 replies · 2,309+ views
    FatherMag.com ^ | August 7, 2002 | Roger F. Gay
    Introduction to the Income-Shares Child Support Guideline The majority of child support orders today are set by Income-Shares guidelines. This is a long article on an truly important topic. If you think it is difficult to spend an hour of your time reading it just remember that all related activities included, it took me thirteen years to write it. Make the effort worth it by absorbing this material with all your might. August 7, 2002 By Roger F. Gay Calculating the amount that parents are ordered to pay as child support involves the use of a rigid formula known...
  • Federal Law on Failing Schools Has States Scrambling to Comply [NYT]

    07/05/2002 7:38:29 PM PDT · by summer · 46 replies · 417+ views
    THE NYT ^ | July 4, 2002 | Maria Newman
    July 4, 2002 Federal Law on Failing Schools Has States Scrambling to Comply By MARIA NEWMAN CAMDEN, N.J., July 1 - Letters arrived last month in the mailboxes of hundreds of parents in this district of dilapidated, failing schools. The one-page correspondence informed them that 16 of their neighborhood schools were ranked so poorly in a three-year review of test scores that the parents were entitled to move their children elsewhere rather than wait for improvements promised under a new law spearheaded by the Bush administration. Where they will go to get a better education for their children is a...
  • Expand hate-crimes law: Smith, Kennedy sponsor bill enlarging protections

    06/11/2002 3:30:08 PM PDT · by Glutton · 16 replies · 366+ views
    The Register Guard ^ | 11 June 02 | A Register Guard Editorial
    Expand hate-crimes law: Smith, Kennedy sponsor bill enlarging protections A Register-Guard Editorial    Recommend this story to others.   Cynics will no doubt accuse Sen. Gordon Smith of election-year opportunism for co-sponsoring, along with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., legislation that would expand the federal law on hate crimes to cover violence against gays and lesbians. They'll be wrong. It was more than two years ago after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student, that Smith became one of a handful of congressional Republicans to champion an amendment adding violence motivated by gender, sexual orientation and disability...